Friday, August 31

Dear Viewers, What Do You Think?




Our Friend, Paul, has sent us the "Quotation" and I felt quite selfish to read it myself and not to share it with you.








> A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his Ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown. Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state, and its laws were made by parliament. "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you", he said on National Television.




> "I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia: one the Australian law and another Islamic law that is false. If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country, which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option", Costello said.




> Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked to move to the other country. Education Minister Brendan Nelson later told reporters that Muslims who did not want to accept local values should "clear off. Basically people who don't want to be Australians, and who don't want, to live by Australian values and understand them, well then, they can basically clear off", he said.




> Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques.




> Quote: "IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians."




> "However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the 'politically correct' crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Australia."


"However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand."


"This idea of Australia being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. And as Australians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle."




> "This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom"




> "We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society ... Learn the language!"




> "Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture."




> "We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us."




> "If the Southern Cross offends you, or you don't like "A Fair Go", then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others.




> "This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, > 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'."




> "If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted".






PS: We Hear You!






katayoun

Thursday, August 30

We Shall Remember...









We stand united with parents, brothers and sisters, friends and relatives of the innocent victims of the Islamic Regime in Iran.



Twoshorties

Sunday, August 26

A Dialogue



“A Dialogue between the Soul and Body”
by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

Soul:

O who shall, from this Dungeon, raise
A Soul enslav’d so many wayes?
With bolts of Bones, that fetter’d stands
In Feet; and manacled in Hands.
Here blinded with an Eye; and there
Deaf with the drumming of an Ear.
A Soul hung up, as ‘twere, in Chains
Of Nerves, and Arteries, and Veins.
Tortur’d, besides each other part,
In a vain Head, and double Heart.


Body:

O who shall me deliver whole,
From bonds of this Tyrannic Soul?
Which, stretcht upright, impales me so,
That mine own Precipice I go;
And warms and moves this needless Frame;
(A Fever could but do the same.)
And, wanting where its spight to try,
Has made me live to let me dye.
A Body that could never rest,Since this ill Spirit it possest.


Soul:

What Magik could me thus confine
Within anothers Grief to pine?
Where whatsoever it complain,
I feel, that cannot feel, the pain,
And all my Care its self employes,
That to preserve, which me destroyes:
Constrain’d not only to indure
Diseases, but, whats worse, the Cure:
And ready oft the Port to gain,Am Shipwrackt into Health again.


Body:

But Physick yet could never reach
The Maladies Thou me dost teach;
Whom first the Cramp of Hope does Tear:
And then the Palsie Shakes of Fear.
The Pestilence of Love does heat:
Or Hatred’s hidden Ulcer eat.
Joy’s cheerful Madness does perplex:
Or Sorrow’s other Madness vex.
Which Knowledge forces me to know;
And Memory will not foregoe.
What but a Soul cold have the wit
To build me up for Sin so fit?
So Architects do square and hew
Green Trees that in the Forest grew.


Katayoun

Friday, August 24

Thinking

"Thinking is superficial or profound, empty or meaningful, irresponsible or compelling, playful or serious." Martin Heidegger

Bita


Wednesday, August 22

Another "Private Talk"



Perhaps it is only a “private-talk” and that’s all, one may even insist to believe, upon hearing about “President” Ahmadinejad’s recent trip to the “Republic of Azerbaijan”. But then, when the Islamic Republic of Iran sends its special envoy, President Ahmadinejad to “the Republic of Azerbaijan” for a heart-to-heart discussion with his counterpart, one can only expect another unimaginable consequence of such a tête-à-tête.

Mr. President, the X-Basiji, Ahmadinejad, the emissary of the Leader and his allies entered the Presidential Palace in Baku, the “capital” of the Republic and was, cordially, received by his gracious host, Mr. Ilham Aliyev. About this trip, we only hear that the two presidents once inside the Palace, together listened to each other’s national anthem, and then proceeded on with the introduction of their team-for-talk, and then went about their business. And of course, they had enjoyed a state-dinner too!

Who knows what would be the outcome of such a private talk, but traditionally and historically whenever the Mullahs negotiated on behalf of Iran, the result had been disastrous. The recorded history has it that whenever they play their Islamic drum, only years later we hear its ear-crushing sound!


katayoun

Monday, August 20

You want education?


My dear viewers,


If you think that you are destined to join the Hawza, please do come to Windsor, Canada and become a member of the institute that which forges "clergymen (ulama) who provide proper religious education and guidance to the Muslim community of North America".


By the way, while in Windsor you may get lucky and meet a devotee of Hezbollah too!


katayoun

Saturday, August 18

"...some vengeful god..."


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)


Hap

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: ‘Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,
That thy love’s loss is my hate’s profiting
!’


Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die,
Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited;
Half-eased in that a Powerfuller than I
Had willed and meted me the tears I shed
.


But not so. How arrives it joy lines slain,
And why unblooms the best hope ever sown?
-Crass Casualty obstructs the sun and rain,
And dicing Time for gladness casts a moan…
These purblind Doomsters had as readily strown
Blisses about my pilgrimage as pain
.


katayoun

Thursday, August 16

This is what some of us think

Babak is on of our viewers who expresses his thoughts, feelings and rationale, and we would like you to read what he has to say. Babak's sentiments are shared by many of us who are concerned about the future of Iran.

And here is what Babak said...
You are great. Truth must be uttered. The free world should have recognized the Islamic Republic of Iran as a terrorist state from early years of 1979-1980. Its constitution clearly had portrayed a foreign religion-fascist, and despotic theocracy system that experienced Europeans were very much familiar with its undoubtedly ensuing catastrophic outcome not just to Iranian people but also to the value of humanity and international laws. A disaster for all free and democratic seekers! In Free world, free people closed their eyes to Iranians wishing for democracy and freedom. Mass massacres of Iranians by savage Islamists on early years of their establishment went unanswered by the free world. The Islamists’ death squads went rampant in free world in eliminating Iranians’ oppositions. Again, the free world was silent.
In 1989, another mass murder of intellectuals and opposition took place. Once more, the free world kept quite. Today, the same type elimination by this “religion” is taking place. The free world for a piece of pie from the Iranian’s wealth has pumped air into lungs of these tyrannical clans of Islam cult.Today more than ever, the international communities need to rally and support Iranians against this brutal cult of Islam. Iranians have been a great nation in participating for betterment of our global community in every facet of life for more than 3000 years. The Islamists started with genocide of Iranians from the first day of its inception and it is continuing to date. How long more, we ought to suffer before the entire world to wake up to our predicament in getting us free from the repression of this death and dark black cult. How long more, the free world wants to be numb to our sufferings.

A long and horrid battle with...



The power in the Islamic Republic of Iran is structured around the themes of internal-conflict, in the shape of political-power-struggle, group conformity, and the making of allegiance when it is most necessary.

The regime, since its establishment, has been dealing with internal-conflict, for that keeps the national restlessness at bay, and keeps the Western World a bit at ease. However, the pandemonium will break out when the individual need of the citizens for Freedom becomes externalized and forms itself into a national-need for Freedom, prosperity, and peace. Iran can, and shall be an example of a fight against the invasive and infesting ideology of Islam, in the Middle East. Struggle for Freedom and Democracy, in the Middle East, is a collective Plight, and it needs international support, more than it needs military actions
.

Iran has come a long way; and it has survived many ups and downs, and yet, she stands on her own feet, although her knees are shaken, but she has tried to maintain her balance. The Islamic Revolution with its heavy weight of Islamic rules and imposed constraints has tried to push her over the edge, and she is hanging from a thin threat, yet she is fighting to survive, and she shall win this battle too. This battle with Islam, which has been a long and horrid one, which has occupied Iran’s history for almost 1200 years, is going to come to an end, and Iran shall triumph. And in this battle, Iran needs her neighbours, her friends, and the whole world behind her.


katayoun

Tuesday, August 14

The Scholar


A few days ago, a friend advised me to “ease off for awhile and write about other things”. And I thought about what he told me, and thought it twice over, before I wrote this post. I am absolutely aware and appreciative of the fact that the piece of advice which was given to me was well-meant, but I am also aware of the “time” that we are living through, and would like to have a “voice” to shout out loud and “express my disgust” at what I have encountered. So, I have to “ignore” the precious advice and get on with what I have in mind.

The “Imam Khomeini Institute for Education and Research” (qabas) is a heck of an Institution with a row of absentee scholars, who are trained in “various fields,” and have developed themselves in “various disciplines of the humanities so that they can explore Islamic perspective on the relevant topics”.


To name a few scholars who had been “trained in various fields” and then sent off abroad, to the Western World, where they stayed and received post-graduate degrees from credential “Western” Institutes, I start with the men, the-dazzling-starts-in-the-sky-of-the-Islamic-Republic-of-Iran, those who obtained their Ph.D. degrees from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Washington, and Huston:


Mohammad Javad Zareaan : “Islamic Values and Their Reflection in the Iranian Elementary Textbook: Islamization in post.Rv Iran”(!)

Mahmood Namazee: (Ph.D. in progress)

Mohammad Fanaeei Ashkouree: “Secondary Intelligible”

Sayed Mohammad Reza Hejazee: “the Place of God’s Love; a comparative study of Islam and Christianity” (!!). Now works for the “Islamic Centre of Washington”.

Abdol Hassan Haghanee: The Cultural Attaché of the Islamic Republic who is involved in Iranian School in Ottawa.

Mohammad Nasser Saghay-e Bee Ria: “Moral Education in Islamic School in U.S. also works at the Islamic Institute in Texas.

Sayed Mohammad Kazem Mesbah Mossavi
: “A Critical Analysis of Dougals J. Halls Contextual Theology”. He runs the Islamic Centre of Imam Ali, in Toronto, Canada.

The list continues on. And I only have one question: Do you think that Khomeini’s institute is capable of training “scholars” suitable to teach your kids?


katayoun

Sunday, August 12

An Author's Profession of Faith



Thomas Paine (1737-1809)


“I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.
But, lest it should be supposed that I believe many other things in addition to these, I shall…declare the things I do not believe and my reasons for not believing them...All national institutions of churches…appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise; they have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.” (The Age of Reason, chp.1)



Katayoun

Saturday, August 11

چادر (veil)



Some pictures do not require explanation. You see what the picture is, and you will get what you like from it. Hejab is what it seems to be; a veil, a Chador, a Borka, it does not matter which word you choose to use; the application is still the same.

katayoun

Thursday, August 9

The Old Stoic



(1818-1848)

The Old Stoic

Riches I hold in light esteem;
And Love I laugh to scorn;
And lust of fame was but a dream
That vanished with the morn:

And if I pray, the only prayer
That moves my lips for me
Is, 'Leave the heart that now I bear,
and give me liberty!'


Yes, as my swift days near their goal,
'Tis all that I implore;
In life and death, a chainless soul,
With courage to endure.

posted by Katayoun

Mass Hysteria is The Order in...



In the theatre absurd of the Fascist-Islamic Regime in Iran, when a “villain” makes a mockery of “justice” and goes to the gallows wearing a mocking smile, the spectators hail the moral play, and celebrate in “mass hysteria”.” Literally the word “Hysteria” is defined, in the Oxford dictionary, as a “state of extreme excitement, fear, or anger in which a person, or a group of people” loses control of their emotions in a most bizarre manner. In such a circumstance “mass hysteria” seizes the whole of a community; it even allows a creation of situation, in which even “the educated-intelligent-sensible people” seem to lose touch with reality.

For many years, the reality in Iran has been that of societal degradation, pain, mass alienation, chaos, and at certain points, the bizarre display of “mass hysteria”. In this context, if you kindly pay attention, the aim of this note was only to shed a light on such display of uncontrolled emotions and reactions such as “public hanging” and “stoning” (that can be viewed from either a psychological or psychoanalytical, and/or from a sociopsychological points of reference), and to point out the obvious that the “public near-panic” in Iran has been as irrational and “widespread” as one could have imagined them to be.



Katayoun

Tuesday, August 7

Moslem woman...


Simon de Beauvoir (& Le Deuxième Sexe) :

When the family and the private patrimony remain beyond question of the bases of society, then woman remains totally submerged. This occurs in the Moslem world. Its structure is feudal; that is, no state has appeared strong enough to unify and rule the different tribes: there is no power to check that of the patriarchal chief. The religion created when the Arab people were warlike and triumphant professed for woman the utmost scorn. The Koran proclaims: ‘Men are superior to women on account of the qualities in which God has given them pre-eminence and also because they furnish dowry for women’; woman never had either real power not mystic prestige. The Bedouin woman works hard, she plows and carries burdens: thus she sets up with her spouse a bond of reciprocal dependence; she walks abroad freely with uncovered face. The veiled and sequestered Moslem woman is still today in most social strata a kind of slave” (The Second Sex: “Patriarchal Times and Classical Antiquity”, 89).
katayoun

When will you stop being the audience ?


During the past few weeks, the world of virtual reality was filled with images and stories regarding recent executions in Iran. Indeed, this is not a first time that the Islamic Invaders of Iran execute Iranians in the name of whatever they want. In fact, this regime thrives on and circulates its disgusting existent on the blood of Iranians on a daily bases. What is sad to see is that after thirty years of watching public executions, there are still some people (living in Iran) who attend these events and witness such barbaric actions.

One may wonder:
  • Haven’t they seen enough blood shed, already?
  • Don’t they know their presence shall add to the number of supporters of such actions?
  • How would they feel if it was their own dearest’s execution, would they have walked openly to watch the event?
  • Why do they take their small children to witness such vicious action?
  • Why do they fill up their psyche with dehumanized scenes?
Bita

Sunday, August 5

For the sake of a rotten ideology...



Khomeini’s hostility towards Iranians’ intellectual activities, and scientific endeavors, and cultural progress was a religious reaction, on his part, to all things that challenged his rotten beliefs.

Like all Fanatics, Khomeni detested all things that appealed to the truly-educated- free-spirit-people, and was incapable of conceiving notions that were strange to him. His fear of “reason”, “accountability”, “fairness”, “progress”, “prosperity”, was the very projection of his own ignorance, of his inability to understand and respect people’s needs that which were secondary to his Faith. His only talent, however, was to act as Iran’s only Moral Entrepreneur, and following his nonsensical orders and commands, went herds of men and women through an Islamic-filtering-process, so brutal in tone and in application that it “cleansed the education system” in a way that was perceived as “religiously revolutionary”.

The intention of this brief note is not to make a study of what had happened during that two-years-of-cultural-revolution in Iran, and how it did happen—although the whole thing requires, in all fairness, an in-depth study of the issue of “cultural revolution” and its impact on Iranian’s education system. With intensive focus on the crucial elements that played part in satisfying Khomeini’s need for establishing his Islamic Empire of atrocity, viciousness, and propaganda, one certainly shall understand the effect of that Fascist-cultural-revolution and its aftermath throughout Iranian society.

To give you a hint of Khomeini’s view on education and those who inquired knowledge and were eager to satisfy their own thirst for intellectual activities, it is most appropriate to use his own words and expression (a very careful translation, not transliteration of his words) and see how he saw the world through the eye of a needle.

Khomeini, in one of his speeches in the beginning of his famous “cultural cleansing” asserts:
“We don’t want the kind of universities whose slogan is ‘progressed and prosperous Iran, and we want to move towards the great civilization’. In principle, we oppose the kind of establishment. We need professors who are not leaning towards either East or West.”

Or in another speech about the same issue he aims his anger at those intellectuals who rose in opposition against him, and states that, “whatever has befallen this nation is because of the meddling of these so called intellectuals in our affairs. We don't need them, and we ought to rid of them for the sake of our dear Islam.”


Do you think I need to explain more?


katayoun

Saturday, August 4

Brilliant qualities of mind...



Arthur Schopenhauer:


"Brilliant qualities of mind win admiration, but never affection; and all religions promise as reward...for excellence of the will or heart, but none for the excellence of head or understanding."


katayoun

Thursday, August 2

Second Islamic Revolution

Another Iranian Winter
By: Roxie Howard



I shiver for the people of the nation
In the winter of Mullah occupation
Ice-cold snakes of abomination
Spawning drifts of trepidation
A second Islamic revolution
A second winter of pollution
A halo and a final solution
Citizens die by cold execution
Basiji icicles pierce family life
Injustice coldly stones a young wife
Citizens swing from cranes stone cold
In the name of God we are told
A blizzard of extremist obsession
Brings drifts of press suppression
And the chill of forced confessions
Freezing solid freedom of expression
A biting wind rages
Citizens kept in cages
As winter marries the dark ages
On the frostbitten Mullah stages
The blizzard of Mullah dismay
Brought icy perversion and decay
So many good souls led astray
Yet spring shall melt it all away

Wednesday, August 1

The Truth about Islam


The truth about Islam is revealed through Quran (Koran); it cannot be denied, it cannot be ignored, and it cannot be overlooked. The truth about Islam, however, is yet to be realized.

When Salman Rushdie penned his famous-prose-fiction, The Satanic Verses, we heard a loud shout coming out of an Islamic mouth, Khomeini, and following that a “thunderbolt” was heard, the message of Islam: Fatwa. That’s how Islam deals with those who see through it.

Take a tour through the war-torn-region-of-the-middle-east, and see it for yourself. The truth about Islam has been portrayed in Iran. Hostage taking in the name of a “plight”, suicide bombing in the name of a “just fight”, whipping, hanging, torture, killing, rape in the name of the Islamic codes of punishment, these are a few projections of the certain truth about Islam. And if you are not convinced that there is a certain truth about Islam, take a look at what is happening in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and…


Katayoun

"The path to being is inevitable.
The path to nothing is inaccessible.
The path to appearance is always accessible and traveled, but one can go around it.
A truly sapient man is therefore not one who blindly pursues a truth, but only one who is always cognizant of all three paths, that of being, that of nonbeing, and that of appearance.
Superior knowledge-and all knowledge is superiority-is given only to the man who has known the buoyant storm on the path of being, who has known the dread of the second path to the abyss of nothing, but who has taken upon himself the third way, the arduous path of appearance."
(An Introduction To Metaphysics, Martin Heidegger)


Bita